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Hikaka felt CM was not helping as he was a tribal

Hikaka says he would be forced to resign as MLA if govt delays in fulfilling the demands of Maoists.

Written by Agencies | Bhubaneswar | Published: April 28, 2012 1:48:32 am

A day after his release from Maoist captivity,BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka on Friday did not rule out the possibility of resigning from the Assembly and said he had twice written to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the issue when he was in captivity.

“I had written two letters to the Chief Minister seeking the government’s action. The letters were written in response to the situation that prevailed in the Maoist camp,” Hikaka told a television channel.

Denying the letters were written under pressure,he said he had written them of his own accord.

In his letters,Hikaka had said he would be forced to resign from membership of the Assembly if the government delayed in fulfilling the demands of Maoists and alleged the government was not taking adequate steps for his release as he was a tribal.

Asked about his course of action,the Laxmipur MLA said,“I am a common man and will work for the people first.”

Asked specifically whether he would resign as stated in the letter and also mentioned in the Maoist audio tape,the MLA said,”You will know everything at an appropriate time.”

Claiming he was treated well in the Maoist captivity,he said,“They treated me well and gave me the same food they ate.” The CM refused to comment on the matter.

‘Development cannot resolve political issues’

Calling for a continuous dialogue between India and Pakistan as also between the the state and the Centre,J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the shadow of gun would be removed once for all when its political issues are addressed and resolved amicably.

Addressing party workers meeting at Mandi in Poonch,he said “we are in favour of continuous dialogue between India and Pakistan”.

“The internal dialogue between the state and the Centre is also of significant importance’’,he added. “I have repeatedly stated that economic development can’t resolve and replace political issues. Both have their significance and need to be addressed separately and in specific spectrums,’’ he said.

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